Connie Cameron Hancock was born in St. Anthony, Idaho. She graduated from BYU in 1953 with a degree in elementary education. As a student at BYU, Connie met her husband, Wayne, who had transferred to BYU from the University of Arizona. After they married, Hancock taught second and third grade for three years in Tucson, Arizona while Wayne attended the University of Arizona College of Law.
When Wayne was assigned to Munich, Germany, as an officer in the Air Force, he, Hancock, and the couple’s small family resided there for three years. Wayne finished his tour of duty in the United States, and they returned to Arizona, where Hancock began substitute teaching. “My full-time teaching career was a relatively short one, but the experiences I had in the College of Education taught me that ‘once a teacher, always a teacher,’” Hancock reflects. Through the years, teaching opportunities outside of the classroom have come in the form of church callings and parenting, as Hancock raised eight children and served as both Relief Society president and counselor in her ward's Primary presidency. She feels that the most important teaching is done in the family.
Hancock and Wayne went abroad when Wayne’s company assigned them first to Switzerland and then to Italy. Hancock values the experiences the family had living in these countries. Lifelong friends that they made in Zurich in the 1970s welcomed the couple back in 2005 when they were called as the president and matron of the Bern, Switzerland temple. The couple has also presided over the Utah Provo Latter-day Saint Mission. Hancock says that it’s important to be flexible in one’s life and career plans. Flexibility will “allow God to provide you with unexpected special opportunities,” like serving overseas.
Hancock and Wayne are the parents of five sons and three daughters, who have all attended BYU. The Hancocks presently have 28 grandchildren.
June 1, 2011